Westfield Insurance's Kristine Neate Receives YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award


Westfield Center, Ohio, April 27, 2015 - Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced that Kristine Neate, National Underwriting Office Leader, received a Women of Professional Excellence Award during the YWCA of Cleveland Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on April 27 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

The award recognizes exceptional women who embody professionalism and commitment to helping others achieve. Recipients are selected by their organization based on several criteria, including high professional standards, demonstrated career and personal growth, significant contributions to the effective and efficient operation of the organization, willingness to support and mentor others in the organization, especially women, and positively impact the community.

Neate joined Westfield in 1993 as a trainee in commercial lines and most recently served as the commercial underwriting and products leader. In that role, she was responsible for commercial lines product management and new product development, state filings, commercial underwriting practices, and underwriting quality assurance. Prior to that, she held a series of positions at Westfield within commercial lines field underwriting, new hire recruiting and training, marketing, and several roles in the commercial underwriting office.

Neate earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Miami University (Ohio). She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Medina City Schools Foundation, volunteered at the Battered Womenís Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties, was a member of the 2008 graduating class of Leadership Medina County and is an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Medina.

About Westfield Insurance
Westfield Insurance is part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio and in business for more than 167 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nationís 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named to the 2014 Wardís 50 list of top performing insurance companies and as a Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at www.WestfieldInsurance.com and www.Westfield-Bank.com.

About YWCA of Cleveland
YWCA Greater Cleveland was established in 1868. It is the seventh oldest YWCA in the country and one of the oldest continuously operating nonprofits in Cleveland. Today, the YWCA is the largest women's organization in the world with a presence in 125 countries. The organization has more than 25 million members across the globe. In the USA the YWCA serves more than 2.5 million children, youth and adults annually as it works to fulfill its mission to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon honors the most distinguished and notable women in Northeast Ohio who have made extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, dedication to the YWCA mission, and leadership and mentoring.

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